12th May 2007

WALK 2 - 2nd ascent of Skiddaw via the Ullock Pike ridge


Walk Overview
Time 15.05 to 19.05
Duration 4 hr
Distance 7.25 mile
Ascent 2950 ft
Walking with Andrew
High side - Watches - Ullock Pike - Long side - Carl Side - Skiddaw - Barkbethdale - High Side
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, High Side, Bassenthwaite

The half dozen or so spaces near High Side offer a nice and handy option for access to the Ullock Pike ridge or the Bakestall area. Although there aren't many spaces this is somewhere I've always been able to get a space and it is free.


Route Map

The start of our second walk of the day and crossing the fields above High Side to gain the start of the Ullock Pike ridge. What a difference a couple of hours make; you would hardly think it was the same day, compared to this mornings conditions.

A find view down to some lovely countryside around the Bassenthwaite Lake and Bassenthwaite village area.

The bottom section of the ridge called Watches with Binsey behind.

Bassenthwaite Lake.

A little dark perhaps, but still a good view from Ullock Pike.

And a close up of Derwent Water and Keswick.

Carl Side summit, with a view this time. Notice the stones balanced on top of the cairn (they weren't there this morning).

Carl Side and Carlside Tarn seen from the scree path leading up to Skiddaw. Now this is where the legs really started to hurt.

Sunshine on Clough Head and Great Dodd.

Looking north over the Back O'Skiddaw fells to some nice cloud formations.

Braithwaite enjoying some early evening sunshine. The fells behind the village are: Barrow, Outerside, Causey Pike, Scar Crags, Sail and Robinson.

A slightly better view of Blencathra then we got this morning from Skiddaw summit.

And a close up of Lonscale Fell.

Leaving Skiddaw for the second time today. On the first walk we headed right to reach the fence, this time however, we continued along the path a little further before turning off to our left and heading down into Barkbethdale.

Almost at the end of the walk, not feeling quite a tired as we expected, but our legs were in need of a rest.

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Lake District Walks